Morata: Happy, fit and focused

Alvaro Morata has spoken about how much he is enjoying life as a Chelsea player, and the striker’s focus now is on helping the team secure an important three points when we play Roma in the Italian capital tomorrow night.

On the eve of the game, the 25-year-old addressed the media at the Stadio Olimpico, where he was eager to clarify some comments, made by him in an interview, which were misinterpreted in the media.

‘In the interview I wanted to say in the future, when I finish my career, I probably won’t live in London, but right now I’m very happy there with my wife,’ he explained.

‘I really like London now but probably in the future, when I want to send my child to school, when I finish my career, I would prefer to come back to my country, where I was born, that’s normal. I’m very happy. When I say it’s a stressful city I’m talking about the traffic and the fact there are a lot of people. But it’s an incredible city with many religions and many different kinds of people, I’m really enjoying London.

‘If Chelsea had proposed a 10-year contract I would have signed it. I’m very happy at this club, in the city and with everything in London. I really like London. If I’m good and I improve, I could probably stay here for more than five years but I need to score many goals, otherwise Chelsea will buy another player, that’s normal.’

Turning his attention to the game, Morata is well aware a victory over a team we currently lead by two points at the top of the group would leave us well placed to reach the knockout stages of the competition.

‘It’s always a pleasure to come back to Italy,’ said the former Juventus attacker. ‘I like this country so much but we are here to try to get three points.

‘It’s a very important match for us and we need to give 100 per cent tomorrow. It doesn’t matter if we are in Italy, London or Spain, all that matters is getting the three points.’

Another man returning to a country he knows well is Antonio Conte, and Morata discussed the qualities of the Blues boss.

‘My relationship is very good with Antonio, he loves working hard and me too,’ he said. ‘In the tactical sense he is one of the best in the world and I’m very happy to work with him. Every day I improve a bit more which is very good for the present and the future.’

Having picked up an injury against Manchester City earlier this month, Morata missed the following match at Crystal Palace, but having started three of our last four matches, he is feeling better with every appearance and is confident he will soon be back among the goals.

‘Honestly now I’m 100 per cent fit,’ he said. ‘Probably in the last few games I wasn’t at the best of my physical form but now I’m better. It was a little injury but it was 20 days for me to finally be in good condition.

‘I prefer to score goals and I always try to find the goal, but in the last game I missed one when I didn’t have much space, and on the other one Begovic made a good save. But I just need to get back on the field. If I miss chances and the team lose I’m thinking all day about them, but against Bournemouth we got the three points.’